Wheeling, W. Va. – Heading into Wednesday’s game, the Wheeling University men’s soccer team (3-3, 2-2) are looking to turn things around after back-to-back losses. They will have the opportunity to try and do just that when they face West Liberty University on the road at 7:30 p.m.
The last time the men entered the field, they fought valiantly against Gannon University # 15 in non-conference action, but lost 2-0. It was a step in the right direction for Wheeling, having allowed seven goals in the previous game against Notre Dame College. Wheeling managed to keep Gannon off the board for the first 56 minutes of the game, but ultimately Gannon managed to break through and clinch the victory.
The reason for Wheeling’s success early in the game was due to the efforts of their goalkeeper Harry firth (Reading, United Kingdom / Wellington). The Golden Knights had good scoring opportunities in the first half, with Firth managing to keep them from making three saves in the half. Wheeling had a chance with a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, but in second year Simen moksnes (Trondheim, Norway / Strinda) hit the goal post and the score would be 0-0. The teams would head to half time with the game sitting at the same score as Wheeling tried to strike back in the game.
However, it would be Gannon who found his place on the board in the 50e minute, and they added another goal in the 71st minute to bring the game to its eventual score of 2-0. Wheeling’s Moksnes gave him one more effort in the 87e minute, but a save kept the ball out of the net and handed Wheeling their third loss of the season.
Entered Wednesday, Wheeling currently sits sixth in the Mountain East conference, half a game behind Notre Dame College. Just below them in seventh place is West Liberty with a 3-4, 2-4 record. Wheeling will try to fend off its rivals and maintain its place in sixth place in the conference. With over a month and a half remaining in the regular season, Wheeling hopes to start rising and moving up the conference standings.
The rivalry between the Cardinals and the Hilltoppers was short, starting in the 2018 season, but Wheeling had the advantage 3-2 in those games. However, when they head to the Hilltop, things haven’t gone so well as Wheeling has a record of just 1-2. The two teams have separated each of their last three games, including a double-overtime thriller last April.
Former Cardinal Caesar Coello got Wheeling on the set in the 19e minute to make it 1-0, and Wheeling would hold onto the lead for most of the game. It wasn’t until the 80se minute West Liberty found the net and tied the game 1-1. It would take a little over 119 minutes to decide on a winner, but it was ultimately West Liberty who entered the chessboard and won the game 2-1. Goalkeeper Josh zimmerman made five saves in the game, but it wasn’t enough for the win.
Wednesday night’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at West Liberty University. You can watch the match live by clicking HERE or follow live statistics by clicking on HERE.